Columbia River Fishing

Columbia River Fishing- A guide to news, reports and information for Salmon, steelhead and sturgeon fishing for the Columbia River

2019 Columbia River Spring Chinook Forecast

Projections for the 2019 spring chinook and summer chinook seasons

These are preliminary numbers for the 2019 Columbia River Spring Chinook forecast, plus numbers for Summer Chinook and Sockeye. It looks like what most expected as we get through the years our smolt endured the blob out in the pacific. Look for one more year like this and then we should see an uptick. In […]

Portland Area Salmon: City Limit Fall Salmon

It is hard to believe, but there are only three more days of fishing left at Buoy 10. The small tides started several days ago, and fishing went from excellent in the ocean to excellent in the river, with just a couple day slower gap in between. The good news is that once Astoria closes, […]

Buoy 10 Fishing Update: Coho Rodeo!

four people with their limit on salmon on the dock at buoy 10

Buoy 10 is off to a great start: a flat ocean with a better than expected number of coho have made for action packed days with consistent limits until a NW settled in today! River reports have been spotty, as most guides have been fishing the nothing-short-of-epic coho fishing at the mouth of the Columbia […]

Astoria, Buoy 10 Salmon Opener

Nick netting a beautiful astoria ocean salmon

Buoy 10 is here!  Fishing has been solid in the ocean off Astoria and as predicted, the opener in the river was not overly impressive.  Why you might ask? Well the tides are not favorable and two, fish come into the river when they decide. They don’t use our calendars;) Our guides ran into the […]

Buoy 10 Salmon – Get Your Diver On

Divers for the Buoy 10 Salmon season in Astoria

I don’t write a lot of gear articles any more. There are lots of them out there, but know that most are just tooting the horn of the guy giving them gear. It’s kind of funny watching guys post stuff and know that they rarely use the stuff they are telling people to use. You […]

Astoria Ocean Salmon Fishing: A Promising Outlook

A nice astoria ocean coho caught by guide lance fisher

The anticipation is growing for the Astoria, Buoy 10 Salmon season! But here at Lance Fisher Fishing, we have already been running charters and guided fishing trips for those same salmon that will show up in Astoria a couple weeks from now.  The ocean season in the Astoria area opened the 23rd of June and when […]

Astoria Sturgeon Fishing- Tarpon of the Northwest

A nice big sturgeon from the Astoria estuary on the Columbia River

When many think of sturgeon, people often think of a dinosaur-like fish slowly swimming lethargically in a deep dark hole.  When people think of tarpon, they think of reel screaming runs and six foot fish flying out of shallow water. It turns out both assumptions can be true. However, in the Columbia River Estuary, conditions […]

Astoria Summer Fishing- Options Galore!

A nice bunch of fish caught during the buoy 10 salmon season

As the daily temps begins to rise, we start to see more sun than rain on your fishing trips in Astoria. I can’t help but think of the plethora of fishing options Astoria offers all summer long. Salmon, sturgeon and bottom fish are available in Astoria, and sometimes all on the same day.  We will […]

Portland Spring Fishing- Let’s do it!

A nice Willamette River Spring Chinook caught in the Portland area

April feels like the first big month of fishing in the Portland area. With Salmon fishing on the Columbia and Willamette Rivers and Sturgeon fishing available on both, we have lots of fishing options to choose from through June. We try to keep the Lance Fisher Fishing Facebook and our fishing Instagram feed going during […]

Astoria Fishing: Columbia River Spring Salmon

A beautiful Astoria Spring Salmon caught on the Columbia River.

The Astoria fishing calendar is officially underway for 2018. And while there is lots of fishing to come, the Columbia River Spring Chinook fishing that happens in the lower river is taking center stage at the moment. The Spring Chinook season on the Columbia River is a short one and is currently slated to last […]